Samuel Eto’o speaks out on ‘violent altercation’ with individual who was ‘probably an Algerian supporter’

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Eto'o on fan altercation

Former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has apologised after he was involved in a “violent altercation” with a fan after Brazil’s win over South Korea.

A video circulated on social media after the 41-year-old appeared to knee a man in the head following the World Cup last-16 tie on Monday night.

Eto’o, the president of Cameroon’s football federation (Fecafoot), has apologised after he was provoked by a fan who was “probably” an Algerian supporter.

This continues an ongoing campaign of harassment following Cameroon’s qualifying win over Algeria back in March.

“After the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter,” Eto’o wrote on his social media channels.

“I would like to apologise for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologise to the public for this unfortunate incident.”

The video initially appears to show Eto’o happy to pose for pictures with fans in the area outside the stadium, which staged the last-16 match between Brazil and South Korea on Monday.

However, he then seems to react to something and is initially restrained from attacking a man by those around him.

He breaks away from those individuals and appears to strike the man in the head with his knee.

Eto’o, 41, has been a global ambassador for Qatar’s World Cup organising committee since 2019.

That committee has been contacted for comment, along with tournament organiser FIFA, Fecafoot and the Qatari government. Algeria filed a complaint over the performance of the referee in the qualifying play-off in Blida, in which Cameroon’s Karl Toko Ekambi scored the winner with the last kick of the match.

Eto’o added: “I pledge to continue to resist the relentless provocation and daily harassment of some Algerian supporters.

“Indeed, since the Cameroon-Algeria match on 28 March in Blida, I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any evidence.”

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